The Healthy butter Peanut protein balls that are low calorie and high protein! Easy no bake recipe for post workout, quick snacks and breakfast!
Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe by ERIN CLARKE
A mix of protein-packed ingredients like peanut butter, protein powder, flax-seeds, and chia seeds, along with a touch of honey for natural sweetness and chocolate chips for good measure, these easy protein balls take fewer than 15 minutes to pull together and don’t require any special equipment.
No food processor, no mixer. Just you, a bowl, and all the peanut butter you care to lick off your fingers!
About Butter Peanut Protein Balls
Keeping quick-fix snacks on hand is a sure way to keep hanger at bay.
When your refrigerator or desk are stocked with healthy options like these peanut butter oatmeal protein balls, you’ll be less likely to turn to processed foods or expensive store-bought protein bars (which often have lots of sugar).
Protein balls can be good for you when they are made with healthy ingredients, keep sugar to a minimum, and are enjoyed in moderation.
- Yes, this recipe uses high fat ingredients like peanut butter, but it’s healthy fat. Further, fat is important to make the protein balls satisfying.
- Other important factors to consider when weighing the health benefits of protein balls is the amount of fiber, protein, and sugar.
- Fiber and protein (along with fat) make a snack filling so that you aren’t digging in the pantry again an hour later, still hungry.
Protein balls are the perfect size for munching between meals or to enjoy as a post-workout snack!
- To Store. Refrigerate protein balls for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
- To Freeze. Freeze protein balls for up to 3 months or longer (if they are airtight, you can freeze them practically indefinitely). Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature if you are in a hurry.
MEAL PREP TIP:
Since protein balls are so freezer friendly, make a double batch and freeze a portion for future busy weeks.
Butter Peanut Protein Balls
- 3/4 cup drippy peanut butter or almond butter or sun butter
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup Rolled oats or quick oats; do not use instant oatmeal
- 1/4 cup ground flax-seed meal
- 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips or unsweetened shredded coconut or a mix
- 2 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- water as needed
- In a medium mixing bowl, place the peanut butter, protein powder, rolled oats, flax-seeds, chocolate chips, honey, and chia seeds.
- With a wooden spoon, sturdy rubber spatula, or your hands, mix the dough together. (start with a spatula and then switch to hands.)
- Judge the dough’s consistency. Depending on how drippy your peanut butter is and your brand of protein powder, you may need to add water (if it is too dry) or additional protein powder or oats (if it is too wet and sticky). If you need to add water, add it 1 teaspoon at a time. If oats or protein powder, you can add a few teaspoons at a time. The dough should be easy to roll into a ball, similar to a yummy cookie dough. Recommended getting it to where you think it is just right then letting it sit for a few minutes. Sometimes the oats and protein powder will absorb additional moisture, and you will want to adjust as needed so that the balls are not dry.
- Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough into your palms.
- Roll into balls until all dough is gone. If at any point it is clinging to you or seems just a tiny bit too dry, lightly wet your hands. You should have roughly 16 balls.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- TO STORE: Refrigerate protein balls for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
- TO FREEZE: Freeze protein balls for up to 3 months or longer (if they are airtight, you can freeze them practically indefinitely). Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature if you are in a hurry.